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20A-Manor House
Coventry
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136 of 149  Fri 13th Nov 2020 6:19pm  
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On 13th Nov 2020 5:30pm, Mr Blue Sky said: What was the Fire Brigade doing on the roof of the Hippodrome in October 1949? Was it a fire?
Public display.
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Kaga simpson
Peacehaven, East Sussex
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137 of 149  Sat 14th Nov 2020 10:35am  
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Ladders.
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Kaga simpson
Peacehaven, East Sussex
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138 of 149  Sat 14th Nov 2020 10:46am  
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20A-Manor House, The windows of the tower were changed many times, they started off with just gaping holes, at various heights.
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Kaga simpson
Peacehaven, East Sussex
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139 of 149  Mon 16th Nov 2020 11:45am  
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20A-Manor House, I never saw that ladder, but think it was a brand new toy taken out for airing, as the tower was out of action for really high training, owing to bomb damage. I believe this may have been their tallest ladder at the time, but it sure was a beauty - legs like jelly if you climbed that quickly.
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20A-Manor House
Coventry
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140 of 149  Mon 16th Nov 2020 7:45pm  
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Kaga. It is EVC919, a Leyland Merryweather 100ft TL (turntable ladder) which was new in 1941.
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Kaga simpson
Peacehaven, East Sussex
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141 of 149  Tue 17th Nov 2020 10:37am  
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Manor House. Typical of Coventry, they ordered things after the raid. I suppose it's only fair to say they had lost equipment in the raid, but didn't they borrow equipment for a time? You could see that ladder was neither buckled nor marked. I believe the first TL did not have stabilisers, swung in too big an arc - it crashed on its side, seriously injuring a fire-officer who was at the top of it at the time. We went to a farm rick, threw suction pipe into pond. My friend ordered to throw it farther in, feet stuck in mud, fell face first into thick green slime. Fortnight later, grocery store on fire, he was sent to top of TL. TL left unattended, poor guy over fire, he was swung away just in time, eye brows gone, burns etc. Sent to hospital, week later he quit. Sent to rick fire out Barnacle way, we came in Shilton end, County came in the other. We had a snails race to the rick. Rick fires were atrocious to men and machines to clean afterwards.
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Midland Red
Cherwell
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142 of 149  Tue 17th Nov 2020 3:11pm  
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Courtesy ‘The Coventrians’ FB pages: Another Coventry fireman, in 1954
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Dreamtime
Perth Western Australia
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143 of 149  Tue 17th Nov 2020 5:18pm  
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I should think he would be wearing a safety harness these days. Even a hard hat. Roll eyes
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20A-Manor House
Coventry
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144 of 149  Sat 21st Nov 2020 10:59am  
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Again, not a great picture with it being a photocopy. 3 TLs. Left... 1956 SKV899 Dennis-Metz 100ft, Middle... 1933 Leyland-Metz KV5800 90ft, Right... 1941 Leyland Merryweather EVC919 100ft. 2 later TLs added to the fleet were 1959 Dennis-Metz WKV986 100ft & 1964 CDU293B Dennis Haydon-Magirus 100ft. Edited by member, 21st Nov 2020 11:06 am
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mcsporran
Coventry & Cebu
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145 of 149  Sat 21st Nov 2020 12:26pm  
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The stabilisers on EVC919 in that picture at the Hippodrome (post 131) look ridiculously short for such a potential long reach.
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Kaga simpson
Peacehaven, East Sussex
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146 of 149  Sat 21st Nov 2020 3:31pm  
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I believe it's the one in the middle type that crashed on its side, the one in the middle was the same type that attended Madame Tussauds in London in 1925 so there should not have been a problem, but it was before my time so I wouldn't know.
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Midland Red
Cherwell
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147 of 149  Mon 14th Dec 2020 10:49pm  
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from 18 Apr 2010
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Helen F
Warrington
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148 of 149  Tue 15th Dec 2020 12:09pm  
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Very nicely framed MR and a similar angle on the fire station as the old photo. Thumbs up Pity that the scene is littered with posts.
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20A-Manor House
Coventry
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149 of 149  Fri 15th Jan 2021 12:21pm  
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